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Fall 2018-2019
POL 417 / CHV 417 (EM)   No Pass/D/Fail

Colonialism and Historic Injustice

Anna B. Stilz

European colonial rule in Asia, Africa, and the Americas was central to the modern project. Native peoples were often displaced, enslaved, and oppressed as part of this process. What is the proper way for former colonial powers to respond to their history? Do they owe former subject peoples special rights, reparations, or an apology? Is the process of decolonization still unfinished? In considering these questions, the course will explore important topics in political philosophy, including rights to land and territory, cultural preservation, and claims to national self-determination.

Sample reading list:
Colin Calloway, First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian
Aime Cesaire, A Discourse on Colonialism
Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Mohandas Gandhi, Hind Swaraj
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be required to write three essays, of approximately 1,500-2,000 words (5-7 pages).

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
Sophomores interested in taking this seminar should email Professor Anna Stilz (

Reserved Seats:
VPL Certificate Students Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21928 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed